The Global Learning Programme (GLP) is a programme of support that helps teachers in Primary, Secondary and Special schools to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3.
It delivers training, guidance, resources, and funded continuing professional development (CPD). Once a school is registered they can access up to £500 worth of free training.
The GLP is building a national network of like-minded schools committed to equipping their students to make a positive contribution to a globalised world.
Thousands of GLP schools across the country are already experiencing the positive impact that global learning can have on pupils’ engagement, knowledge, skills and values.
The GLP is funded by the UK government. All schools can join the programme, but funding is only available to Key Stages 2 and 3 in state schools in England. The GLP in England (GLP-E) is managed by a consortium of partners: Pearson (lead), Geographical Association, UCL Institute of Education, Oxfam UK, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), SSAT and Think Global.
Ofsted and the GLP
There is no explicit requirement in the Ofsted inspection criteria for pupils to do global learning. However, the National Director stated in an Ofsted School Inspection Update (December 2015) that, as the GLP ‘maps onto the four Ofsted core judgements and to SMSC’, schools on the programme should be able ‘to set out how the GLP is contributing to their provision and outcomes for pupils’. This new guidance for inspectors means that a school’s involvement in the GLP could now play an even more important role towards the outcome of a school inspection.
A number of schools have had their global learning work highlighted positively in their recent Ofsted reports, and there are a number of criteria, particularly around SMSC, where global learning work can be used positively to show evidence of meeting the Ofsted inspection requirements.
Teachers register free at glp.globaldimension.org.uk/registration and thereby become the GLP Co-ordinator for their school. Once registered, you will be able to access the library of classroom activities and resources to help you deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3.
Once your school has completed its Whole School Audit (WSA) you will have access to up to £500-worth of e-credits that can be used against any GLP-approved course.
You can search for courses and training that have been approved as suitable for the GLP on the CPD calendar. Once you have found an approved course or training that you are interested in, you will book directly with the provider and contact them with any queries about their course.
Once you have registered your school on to the programme, you will have five terms in which to redeem your e-credits against GLP-approved CPD.